Gun advocates criticize registry measure

Gun advocates criticize registry measure

Gun Rights

THE CITIZENS’ VOICE FILE Edward Piestrak, owner of Piestrak’s Gun Shop in Nanticoke, feels the proposal is the start of an attempt to ‘slowly disarm the country, starting off with Pennsylvania.’ WILKES-BARRE — A proposed new gun control measure creating a statewide firearms registry is creating waves among local gun owners. The Firearm Registration Act, which was referred to the Judiciary Committee last week, would require private gun owners to register all their weapons and place strong restrictions on storing weapons. Local gun rights advocates were quick to criticize the initiative. “All they’re looking to do is get a foot in the door to slowly, slowly disarm the country, starting off with Pennsylvania,” said Edward Piestrak, owner of Piestrak’s Gun Shop in Nanticoke. He questioned how a registry would prevent gun violence in schools. “That’s what they’re really concerned about, all the violence in the schools,” Piestrak said. “How would that prevent that? All you’re doing is you’re restricting the law-abiding people, as opposed to the criminals.” In a statement announcing the legislation, Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, said he wanted to ensure only eligible residents can own guns and that all guns are “properly accounted for.” “In this world of instant information, we can’t go an hour without hearing on the news or social media about crime, injury, or death involving firearms,” Cruz said in the statement. “Pew Research Center reports that almost half of Americans personally know someone who has been shot, with 40,000 gun-related deaths reported in […]

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